Sonora, CA
Modesto, CA

Louis Friedman

I'm honored to work with successful families as they pass on their businesses and their estates to their children.

Louis Friedman


Louis "Lou" Friedman joined Gianelli Nielsen in 2012.  Lou’s law practice emphasizes the areas of Estate Planning, Finance, Business Organization, Succession Planning, and Asset Protection.  He believes in giving his clients innovative solutions for their legal issues.

Lou served at the E. & J. Gallo Winery for 25 years, where he was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and has held senior positions at multiple law and accounting firms.

Lou has vast experience advising family owned and closely held companies.  He has spent decades working in this field as a CPA, attorney, and senior officer of a family owned business.  He can help your family in creating a successful transition, including saving taxes, preserving family harmony, and developing potential leaders.  The goal is to either keep the business functioning well as a family asset or develop a comprehensive exit strategy that will maximize value.

Lou is very involved in our community. Some of his local positions have included the Gallo Center for the Arts, where he was a Director and Treasurer for 10 years and now serves on the Finance Committee as well as a Trustee. Lou is a Past President of Modesto Rotary Club; he served as a Trustee and Chair of the Sylvan Unified School District; and serves on the Family Business Center- Central Valley Board of Directors, where he has done a number of presentations.

Lou received his B.S. from Arizona State University with Honors in 1960, his LLB from Loyola University (Los Angeles), and his LLM in Taxation from New York University.  He was admitted to the New York Bar in 1967 and the California bar in 1974.  Prior to joining Gianelli Nielsen, he worked with Gallo Winery and as a CPA for the accounting firms of Price Waterhouse, Deloitte, and with another Modesto law firm.

He is admitted in good standing to all of the courts of California and is a member of the New York Bar, as well as being a member of the American Bar Association, ABA Tax Section, The Stanislaus County Bar Association, and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.


Non-Profit Organizations Louis Friedman is involved with:

Louis FriedmanParent Institute for Quality Education
PIQE creates partnerships between parents, students and educators to further students’ academic success. As a result of our work in parent engagement, more than 1.5 million under-served student's educations have been enhanced since our inception in 1987. Public schools value us, parents need us, and students use us as a springboard to their own personal and career success.

Louis FriedmanGallo Center for the Arts
The mission of the Gallo Center for the Arts is to enrich the quality of life in the Central Valley by providing an inspirational civic gathering place where regional, national and international cultural activities illuminate, educate and entertain. 

David L. GianelliModesto Rotary Club
Since our founding in 1920, Modesto Rotary Club has been committed to improving the world, on a local and global level.

Judy A. JensenEstate Planning Council of Stanislaus County
Formed in 1966, the Estate Planning Council of Stanislaus County is comprised of Attorneys, Certified Public Accountants, Life Underwriters, Certified Financial Planners, and Trust Officers whose focus is assisting clients with their estate planning. Lous was Member of the Year for 2016-17.

Louis FriedmanFamily Business Center Central Valley
Family Business Center Central Valley is a membership driven organization that seeks to respond to the distinctive needs of family business owners. We believe one of the best ways to meet these needs is through networking family business owners and together, striving to not only identify common and specific issues we all face but also strategic and effective solutions to these issues.



Louis FriedmanUC Merced Planned Giving Advisory Council
Building the futures in the heart of California

Louis FriedmanCongregation Beth Shalom
Finance Committee and Endowment Committee

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